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Celebrate Kentucky and its artisans with these holiday gift ideas

Equestrian bit silver bracelet by Lela Ray Jewlery.
Equestrian bit silver bracelet by Lela Ray Jewlery. Herald-Leader

Whether your gift list includes a fan of all things Kentucky or someone who appreciates a unique handmade item, Lexington has loads of artists and stores where you can wrap up holiday shopping in no time flat.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

▪ Tony Davis of Kentucky Knows takes bourbon barrels and transforms them into cutting boards, eyeglass frames, wall-mount bottle openers and more. Davis has teamed up with Coffee Times Coffee House to produce bourbon-flavored coffees. Bags are $19 for a pound, $9.50 for half a pound. Add one of his hand-made scoops fashioned from bourbon-barrel wood, $11.99, and you have a gift to savor for weeks to come. You’ll find these at Coffee Times Coffee House and Davis’ shop at the James Pepper distillery campus, 1200 Manchester Street. The shop is open 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

▪ Artful canvas bags by Henry Dry Goods are printed with custom monograms and feature long-lasting webbing handles. The shop re-purposes old furs, fashioning them into splurge-worthy clutches. Make it extra special with a gift certificate. At shoppers can choose the style of bag as well as placement, color and font of monograms. The shop, at 236 Jefferson Street on the second floor, will be open this Friday through Sunday when you can shop for ready-made items or pick up a gift certificate.

▪ You’ll find gifts for true blue fans who are passionate about Kentucky sports, bourbon, horses and more at Kentucky Branded. A Tervis tumbler, $19.95, features a retro-style Kentucky map. Kentucky Home hats, $20, have you covered when it comes to accessories for men or women. Visit the store at 3801 Mall Road, No. 105, next to Fayette Mall, near Saul Good restaurant.

▪ Deborah Kessler of October Press creates exquisite letterpress broadsides featuring quotes from Kentucky authors including George Ella Lyon and Gray Zeitz of Larkspur Press. You’ll find a selection at the Morris Book Shop on High Street and Poor Richard’s Books in Frankfort.

▪ Three Toads Farm in Winchester mixes up Mrs. Toad’s canned sweets for the holidays, including a limited-edition conserve featuring cranberries, walnuts and brandy. In Lexington, look for them at Liquor Barn at Hamburg, and at Mulberry & Lime. For more locations or to order online, go to

▪ Dress up any outfit with jeweled and equestrian-theme cuffs created by Lindsay Combs of Lela Ray Jewelry. Other pieces include beaded pendant necklaces and leather wrap bracelets. You’ll find a large selection at Peggy’s Gifts and Accessories at 112 Clay Avenue. Check out the Lela Ray Facebook page or go to

▪ Kentucky For Kentucky is known for its clever takes on Kentucky classics. The company’s Y’all sweatshirt, $50, has become the uniform of choice for cool locals. Other hits include socks patterned with the shape of the state of Kentucky, $12, and Kentucky Kicks Ass pint glasses with an emblem designed by Lexington’s Cricket Press, $30 each. Hell Yeah bottle openers, $12, made and designed in Kentucky, fit on a key ring and make a great stocking stuffer. The company’s Kentucky Fun Mall is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday at 720 Bryan Avenue.

▪ Miss Molly Vintage is more than antiques. The shop at 1317 West Main Street, inside Feather Your Nest Antiques, and online at, offers “859” area code bangles, Kentucky burlap flags and more. Vintage Kentucky bourbon labels are enlarged in black-and-white prints and mounted on wood strips as wall hangings, $16.

▪ Locally designed tees and sweatshirts, Kentucky-themed ornaments, jewelry and more are featured at High Street Fly, 887 East High Street, next to Chevy Chase Hardware. The petite shop is bursting with merchandise that allows you show your love of Lexington and the state.

▪ Louisville-based A.J. Murray’s features men’s grooming products including shaving soap, lotion and beard oil. Five percent of all sales go to Active Heroes to support veterans. You’ll find them at shops throughout Kentucky, including a select collection at House on Walton Avenue. Scents include bourbon as well as those inspired by historical and fictional figures, including Wyatt Earp, Teddy Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway. Go to for a complete list of retailers or to order online.